Is he prince Mbilini's son?
MBABANE – The controversial South African man who identifies himself as Prince Makhosini Omari Dlamini once claimed to be the son of former Prime Minister Prince Mbilini.
He made this claim to Mzwandile Dlamini, who is also the late Prince Mbilini’s son. Sicelo Dlamini, Secretary to the Border Restoration Committee (BRC) who is the son of Prince Phiwokwakhe, is also aware of this claim.
The three men met in 2010 when Omari visited the country for the first time. Prince Mbilini died in June 2008.
Omari’s response when asked about these allegations by the Times SUNDAY was; "Who said that? I am lost over the Prince Mbilini statement."
He further told this reporter that he was coming to the country at 2:30pm but this did not happen. Reporters waited at the Oshoek Bordergate for him in vain.
Mzwandile said his meeting with Omari was through the social networking site Facebook.
"I saw his picture on Facebook, he donned traditional regalia and I asked him who he was," he said.
Mzwandile said Omari’s response was that he was a member of the Swazi royal family.
"When he arrived in the country, I requested Sicelo to assist with transporting Omari from the airport to the Royal Villas where he was booked," he said.
Mzwandile said he was taken aback when Omari introduced himself as his half-brother. This happened during a conversation in the car, on their short trip from the airport to the hotel.
He said when they asked him further Omari changed his tune and said his mother was the daughter of the late prince."I told him that I did not know him and had never heard about him or his mother in our family," he said.
He said when pressed further, Omari changed the subject.
At the hotel, Mzwandile said Omari asked him to arrange a meeting with His Majesty’s princes and princesses.
"I managed to get hold of Prince Bandzile and he came through to meet him," he said.
"Bandzile said he had never met him but only knew him through Facebook."
In a separate interview, Sicelo corroborated Mzwandile’s story.
The BRC Secretary said when Mzwandile introduced Omari, he said the young man was an important and famous member of the royal family.
Sicelo said even though he had never heard of him, he trusted Mzwandile when he introduced Omari as a member of the royal family.
"Mzwandile told me that Omari was a famous and respected ‘prince’ based in South Africa. That day, he told me that he flew into the country to visit some members of the Swazi royal family," he said.
"He requested that I ferry Omari from the airport to the Royal Villas where he had a booking," he said.
"I fetched him from the airport using my car. I dropped him off at the Royal Villas hotel where he had been booked. He told me that he was in the country to meet Princess Sikhanyiso, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza and other members of the royal family," he said.
Sicelo said Omari told him that he had met the princess on one of his trips to the United Kingdom around January 2009.
Sicelo said Omari stayed at the hotel for a few days without meeting royalty.
He said he realised that the meeting was never going to take place.
"I became suspicious and started asking questions about him. I asked him about his identity and how he was related to the royal family," he said.
Sicelo said Omari was coy about his identity.
"He told me that he was the son of Prince Mbilini and later said he was the grandchild of the prince," he said.
He lies about meeting King
MBABANE – Mzwandile Dlamini said Prince Makhosini Omari Dlamini told him that he would meet His Majesty the King this weekend.
"He called me today (Wednesday) to tell me that he was coming to the country and he had an appointment with the King," he said. The alleged proposed meeting was disowned by the King’s office. Khandlela Mdluli, His Majesty’s Chief Protocol officer said he heard about the alleged appointment but denied that it existed.
"I was told that he claimed to have had an appointment arranged through me. I want to state that it is all a lie. I have not spoken to him, neither have I arranged a meeting between him and His Majesty," he said.
Mbongeni Simelane, His Majesty’s Private Secretary also denied knowledge of the meeting. "There is no such meeting in His Majesty’s diary," he said. Simelane said the royalty’s stance on this matter, as pronounced by government spokesperson Percy Simelane had not changed.
"Percy issued an official statement on the royal family’s position with regard to that man and it has not changed," he said briefly.
Why is his foundation website not going through? And then someone on iBotswana came out to say "He is not royal, his real name is Phumelele Mthokozisi 'Fanas' Sangweni. Which is which here?
May 13, 2012, 2:13 PM, Bheki (email@example.com)
Beware of the man whose father is a mystery. He could be hiding a big secret.
May 13, 2012, 4:05 AM, Cheif Mandanda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Asenisiyekele nalo Omari wakhona. Sekute yini tindzaba vele? I've got nothing against the man seriously. In fact i'm a princess. How about you all call me HRH Princess Beyonce Dlamini. Can i have a week long spread in this newspaper too? Didn't think so. So please, i would like to read about something else already. LET IT GO!
May 13, 2012, 4:11 PM, nina dlamini (email@example.com)
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